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April 20th-23rd 2012 :: 10 Year Anniversary! :: Theme: Tiny World

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Tiny Garden of Hope - steamgirl - 48 Hour Compo Entry

What will you do when you are the last robot in the world and land on a tiny square planet? Can you save yourself and the world by turning it into a beautiful garden?

Use spacebar, and right and left mouse button.
Esc to exit.

The game takes about 5 minutes or less to complete.

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For my very first game jam/compo thingie thing I'm pretty happy with the result! ^_^

Made with GameMaker, Photoshop, Illustrator, Aviary, AVS Audio Editor, and bfxr.
All assets were created in the 48 hour period. 25 hours development time.

View steamgirl's journal. | View all entries by steamgirl

Ratings

Coolness55%
#14Mood3.95
#32Audio3.77
#68Theme3.83
#141Overall3.50
#144Graphics3.66
#204Innovation3.41
#236Humor2.66
#398Fun2.88

Comments

steamgirl says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 1:17am

Argh.. that was supposed to be "planet" not plant. >.<

cornedor says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 12:22pm

This is a very nice game :D. I realy like the mood.

davidllanos22 says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 12:28pm

Quite interesting!Well done :)

Tifu says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 1:32pm

Nice game! Good atmosphere.

10WonXero10 says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 1:36pm

Surreal, emotional journey of a robot that finds companionship with plants on a tiny square planet.

Nice work! Very original.

Suese says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 1:53pm

I played this game to completion. I like that it's a game that has never been made before. I thought it could be improved by having another adversary. Also, the final graphic is so nice, it would have been nice to incorporate it a little more and extend the game play a little while longer.

Thank you for this.

bms says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 1:53pm

quite nice game, music, graphics, mood all really well done. but i must say i sucked at it :D

Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:12pm

good stuff especially for your 1st entry :) .. good animation/music :) chrome game me a warning about possible malicious download..1st time its ever done that.. im sure it was false positive tho ;p

steamgirl says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 10:32pm

Thanks for your comments everyone. ^_^ It's really nice to hear what you made of it, and what you liked and disliked.

@howieV (binarygirl)
Oops! It might be because it's an .exe? I think internet explorer used to automatically block .exe's. XD

nihilocrat says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 1:34am

Neat! I like the idea of tiny-world gardening games.

Jeffalisk says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 4:08pm

Really liked the music and the mood, and the robot's little comments: "Good thing I have plenty of spacebars", heh :)

Might have worked a bit better with keyboard controls for everything, especially walking. But that's only a minor thing. Enjoyed this.

omaha says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 5:50pm

Very cool and different. Love the gardening concept.

MoltenMustafa says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 4:11am

Hey, neat little game! I like how everything turns all green at the end and how the little robot character talks throughout everything. Nicely don!

Apr 28, 2012 @ 11:27am

Ok seriously, I want to play it, and I'l hold of rating until I get it, but what the fuck are you supposed to do? I just keep dying. The weather station does nothing, no matter where I spray water nothing happens?

steamgirl says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 11:31am

Hint: Have you used the right mouse button? ^_~

I can be more specific if you like.

Apr 28, 2012 @ 11:50am

Wow do I feel like an idiot... No, I had not tried right-clicking. Obviously way to used playing flash games. How embarrassing.

Anywho, real feedback then:

Loved it! Great atmosphere and idea! I love mood-games, it's the kinds I make myself. Controls should probably have been keyboard based though. And text, such as the values, should not be black if the game's environment is black. Good job, one of my favourites so far.

Jiddo says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 12:13pm

Great work! Nice idea, nice implementation, nice graphics and nice game play. A good game across the board. Took me a little while to figure out the controls because I was too stupid to read the instructions.

The game runs nicely on Linux with Wine.

whilefun says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 3:27pm

excellent! :D

Shadow says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 7:10pm

Sweet entry. Loved the graphics, the mood, the music, the humor, game mechanics, everything. Planting seeds needs some explaining though but it's a solid entry. It's definitely one of the few games I've played to completion. Congratulations.

evilseanbot says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 11:12pm

Excellent atmosphere.

I felt like the weather station was kind of confusing: I thought by holding the space bar I was getting energy back, when in actuality I had to keep pressing it.

Also, when you die you seem to get some kind of hint, but if the silhouette of the cube is above you its hard to see it.

All in all a delightful game.

Apr 29, 2012 @ 4:19pm

I really like the idea of this game!

But first a word on the controls and presentation, I really think this game needs to introduce itself better. While I commend your endeavor on trying to make the player figure out the controls as they go, I think the player should be at least told what keys they should use.

I had to read the comments here to figure out I had to use the right click to plant seeds.

With that, this is a really good prototype for 48 hours and I think it has much potential! Here are some ideas:

-Plants having a much wider variety
-More forgiving gameplay, I died when I was almost done filling it all. A very good concept to implement is the easing up of the game exponentially. As you grow more and more plants, things spiral and you find yourself getting much more energy and weather.
-Have the plants you grow unlock further areas.

Imagine as this robot first lands on this tiny planet, he plants the area around him, but a certain tree grows such that it can walk on it and access a new area. This could give the game space for progression and content as the planets continue to unlock new areas in creative ways.

Eventually turning into a very unique adventure game where you adventure not by your wits or your brutality in fighting, but in your love for plants and making things beautiful.

Experiment with plant growing mechanics and this could really be an amazing game.

dr_soda says ...
Apr 29, 2012 @ 4:32pm

The game itself is wonderfuly charming. The art, music, and story are lovely. My criticisms really are more down to control and usability than anything else, so here we go.

When you run out of energy and the help text appears overtop the planet, the fact that it's black text on black background means that it cannot be read. Perhaps a white-colored drop shadow effect would help make the text more legible in this case?

Because I kept dying where the text would be illegible, I died several times before ever getting the clue about where weather comes from.

Years of Flash games have taught me never to click the right mouse button, so even though this is not a Flash game I still am conditioned to ignore its existence. If you're going to have the right mouse button do something critical it's best to call that out.

Scott Baker says ...
Apr 29, 2012 @ 8:05pm

Nice game, I liked it a lot, after I figured out what was going on. I could not figure out what to do at first. Maybe a little more tutorial.

Fits the theme perfectly and really good mood. I really like the personality you gave the character.

tcstyle says ...
Apr 30, 2012 @ 7:48am

Wow! What a beautiful game. It took me some time to figure out the mechanics. The comments of the robot definitelly helped but could have been said a tad earlier for the impatient.
All in all, if you have some patience, it's just a great small game.

AlwaysGeeky says ...
Apr 30, 2012 @ 2:08pm

Well done, I really loved this game! great graphics and mood

HeyChinaski says ...
May 1, 2012 @ 11:14pm

Great atmosphere, looks awesome and sounds nice too. I would have enjoyed it more if it was a little more complex and longer but still good job!

steamgirl says ...
May 2, 2012 @ 6:37pm

Hey, I just wanted to say I really appreciate all the comments! For those of you whose games I haven't left feedback on yet... I will try to have a look at your games as soon as I humanly can, it's just been a mega busy week!

Adhesion says ...
May 3, 2012 @ 1:03am

Great concept! Could use to be a bit more intuitive control-wise in the beginning, plus the text color is an issue, otherwise awesome. Music is great too.

Zillix says ...
May 3, 2012 @ 8:05am

Really really pretty. Relaxing gameplay. Great game!

Pierrec says ...
May 4, 2012 @ 12:41pm

I should be dumb because I didn't manage to plant seeds...Morevoer, the arrow buttons didn't work and I played with the mouse. Can't rate yet ^^

May 10, 2012 @ 4:10am

Wow. Just lovely. Concept's great, mood is nicely done. I found it a little difficult to generate enough energy to keep going. I *am* a sucker for growing games, though.

May 10, 2012 @ 4:12am

I have to amend my previous comment with: No source? I believe this disqualifies you from the competition, which would be a pity, IMO.

steamgirl says ...
May 11, 2012 @ 1:12pm

Eep? It does? How do I get source code? Help! I thought that it was for people who use libraries? I'm so confused...

steamgirl says ...
May 11, 2012 @ 1:30pm

I put all of my scripts into a text file... is that good enough? I'm still not 100% sure what source code is? Do I need to ask the people behind GameMaker to give me some?

May 12, 2012 @ 9:15am

I think that's fine? It's not specified on the rules page, but I don't think assets are included, it's usually just the scripting of the game - I think the spirit of the idea is so that we can all learn from each other. ^_^

May 12, 2012 @ 9:52am

Okay this was a nice surprise. Liked the idea the mood and it has a well done end. Great! Simon

May 12, 2012 @ 2:27pm

Aww this was so cool. Thank you steamgirl! I wish I had more visual cues for when something is happening, but I guess that would have meant more animation, and I know 48 hours isn't the time to make more animation :))

Top marks for theme, graphics and mood!

gritfish says ...
May 14, 2012 @ 12:16am

Really cool. I still don't quite understand the weather tower mechanic, but the music and visuals all worked well with the growing/watering and wandering about. Very quiet and contemplative. Great work!

deathray says ...
Dec 27, 2012 @ 3:46am

Very beautiful game!

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